Old Times (Pinter, Harold) [Harold Pinter] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Like Pinter’s earlier plays. Pinter deals with bare essentials. 28 Oct “What does it all mean?” is a question frequently asked and debated after performances of Harold Pinter’s Old Times. Pinter himself once. Like Pinter’s earlier plays, Old Times deals with bare essentials. There are only three characters: a man named Deeley, his wife Kate, and Anna, a friend of.

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There’s a clue in their sharing of underwear and in Deeley’s assertion that he had known Anna too. It will enchant, stimulate, and delight all those people Pinter customarily enchants, stim I saw an excellent production of this play a few years ago at the Lansburgh Theatre Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Feb 01, Phillip rated it really liked it Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Retrieved 23 June Old Times by Harold Pinter. The story progressed in a neat way continuing through the ending.

Old Times – Wikipedia

Disconcerting and finally haunting. Quotes from Old Times.

Kate went to bed as well, and the man continued to sob in the darkness for a while before getting up and walking over to Anna’s bed. She goes on to tell Deeley that Kate always ointer her underwear, asking her to wear it all the time. No trivia or quizzes yet.


Deeley, realizing he is indeed the “odd man out”, is reduced to a sobbing little boy, but Kate still won’t comfort him. Douglas Hodgea frequent performer and director of Pinter’s works, directs the haunting and passionate revival. Deeley began dating Kate, and Kate found out that Anna was trying to steal him from her, so she killed Anna. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

What Does It Mean? Roundabout’s OLD TIMES Designers Discuss Interpreting Harold Pinter

But as the night goes on, Anna’s visit quickly shifts from an ordinary sharing of memories to a quiet battle pibter power. Anna’s rebuttal is a story about her time living with Kate, when she came home to find Kate sitting in silence while a young man sat in their arm chair crying. Retrieved 29 January A third interpretation is that the whole play takes place in Deeley’s subconscious.

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Like Pinter’s earlier plays, Old Times deals with bare essentials. Nov 18, Azheen Bajalan rated it liked it.

You could argue that the dual casting proves Anna and Kate are two sides of the same person: Anna pretends to have no idea what he’s talking about, and he insists that she was trying to be Kate back then, mimicking her mannerisms and shy smile, but she wasn’t as good at it.

Tantalisingly enigmatic, it is a play about people in their forties looking back on old times, about reconciling the young person and the adult, about how you imagined things were going to be and how they turned out. To view it, click here. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. Retrieved 2 October Deeley tells Anna that he first met Kate at a movie, and asked her out for coffee afterwards. Kate says that Anna occasionally stole her underwear.


Once he was dead, Kate’s mind took over, imagining him hopelessly in love with her.

Old Times – review

His plays–like so many modern playwrights–need to be seen as well as read to fully appreciate them. In the Roundabout’s latest blog entry, Hodge and two members of his design pinteer explain the ideas and inspirations behind their production.

When he got through the crowd to the couch where the girls had sat, they were gone. I started to get bored, and my mind started to wander. To put it crudely, Old Times looks forward to Betrayal in that it does not have the pervading sense of menace of the earlier work, but it can still be called Absurdist, making it feel a continuation of the earlier plays.

A masterful and strange work.